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everything he has been through this fall he gets to retire at full rank with his pension. even though his case under don't ask don't tell is not technically dismissed in effect he gets to be treated like he would have been had the policy never existed. the long national nightmare of don't ask don't tell is not yet over but for lieutenant colonel victor faronback it is at least dawn. rethinking reform. the obama administration puts the brakes on calls for a swift leadership change in egypt. texas tragedy. drug violence along the border with mexico claims the lives of at least two u.s. high school students. and handbag heroin. good morning, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are strad aheat. this is "first look" on mb.
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we begin this morning with compromise in cairo. the united states is reconsidering a push for swift reform in egypt calling for a slower pace to progress, easing the call for a transition of power and president hosni mubarak to step down. whether egyptian protesters in cairo accept a timetable slow down remains to be seen. nbc's tracie potts joins us with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the u.s. is starting to wonder whether mubarak's immediate resignation is such a good idea. according to the country's constitution, that would trigger an election in 60 days and given what's going on, there are questions whether they could organize free and fair elections in such a short period of time. but the government is doing something to appease these
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protesters. the new cabinet has just approved a 15% salary and pension increase for government workers, to alleviate the outrage over economics and poor conditions for so many egyptians. now, what's the reaction outside of egypt? there are questions about whether that peace agreement with israel, from 1979, that treaty will stand. benjamin netanyahu triggered saying that treaty could be canceled, saying that country may be unraveling from within. and what started this all? we know the google marketing manager who says he was behind the facebook page that sparked a youth internet revolution has been freed. he was detained by egypt for 12 days. in a tearful television interview he says he was blindfolded that whole time but he was treated respectfully and not tortured.
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>> tracie potts in washington, thanks. an islamic rebel leader has come forward to claim responsibility for russia's airport bloming. doku umarov says he ordered the bombing that killed 36 people. he also says there will be more attacks all in pursuit of an independent muslim state in eastern europe. chechen rebels have been behind several incidents, including last year's moscow subway bombing that killed 40. this morning's washington post says america's federal courts are reaching a crisis appointment because of an alarming number of federal judges. they have been retiring this week at a rate of one per week. they have numerous consequences, including delayed trials. since president obama took office, vacancies have nearly doubled. there are 101 of them, 46 deemed judicial emergencies.
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"the post" says republicans blame delaying tactics, slow white house nominations and a dysfunctional senate confirmation system. it may not be much consolation to packer and steeler fans, but the 400 ticket holders who had to give up super bowl seats because of installation problems will now get a free ticketed to next year's game in addition to a refund of triple the ticket's face value. an nfl executive admitted yesterday the league knew there were seating problems a week before the game but they ran out of time to fix the issue. out of luck ticket holders were forced to watch the game on monitors or from standing room only platforms. here's a look at some other stories making news all around america today. in mississippi, nasa showed how to plans to launch into the next phase of space exploration. rocket testing has begun. the tourist ii will replace nasa shuttle and expected to lift off early next year on a cargo mission to the international space station.
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in washington, tough economic times have pushed one man over the edge. with a gun in his hand, a robbery suspect apologized numerous times as he held up a gas station. the man said he needed to feed his family. and pay his rent. the reluctant robber got away with 300 bucks but not for long. he was arrested a few days later. and in minnesota sled racers added a unique approach. they made a bar stool showdown for a good cause. there were plenty of wipeouts at the event and some winners. the folks in bell chester say it was such a hit, they're going to do it again next year. finally, here's why cleaning snow off your car roof can save lives. look at this. a trailing driver captured dramatic video of an 18-wheeler driving from an underpass. the snow scraped off and it created that giant blinding, powdery explosion. now for a look at the
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national weather we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins with the forecast forecast. you know what's amazing with the video, there's no shaky, no fear when it comes to the camera work. it's like, roll at all expense. >> they were ready for it? >> they didn't even put the camera down. i would be hitting the deck. >> you know what's how amazing they turned the windshield wipers on. >> got it. >> got it. >> that's unbelievable. >> that's the case. it's been one of those winters where many places have gotten heavy snow. i'm sure people have been in that familiar scene with a truck or car with snow blowing off. we won't see anything like that today. boston has had snow over the last couple hours, massachusetts, light snow flying. temperatures are above freezing. the roads should be okay. in maine it's colder. from bangor to augusta to portland you may have a coating on the roads. light snow by syracuse. roads are wet from philly to new
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york as rain moved through. you may see a snowflake or two through the morning. that storm is moving away. at the same time, a very strong cold front is heading through. the windchill in buffalo right now is zero. pittsburgh, it's 11. that's on it's way to the east coast. be prepared. you're going to go to work in the eastern seaboard with wrm warm, mild conditions. as we go throughout the day, the winds are going to pick up and the temps are going to plummet. now, the next story is already developing in the central plains. snow in denver and 6 degrees. now it's 5. a light, fluffy snow from denver south wards to colorado springs. out on interstate 70 through kansas that snow is increasing. our next storm will be a significant one. winter storm warnings from wichita to oklahoma city. the storm will be the worst for kansas, oklahoma, north texas and into arkansas.
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little rock could get more snow and dallas could get a coating of snow. this is one of my computers. it's kind of saying where the bull's eye will be. areas of pink, 6 to 12 inches. southern kansas, oklahoma, into arkansas. as of now this computer is not saying anything in dallas. i know the weather service is saying 1 to 3 inches in dallas. oklahoma city could get nailed by this storm. eventually the storm makes it to the east coast but it weakens significantly. so, we're not calling, lynn, for a big blockbuster storm anywhere in the eastern seaboard. cold air to the north will keep the storm away. >> good news for the east coast. bill, thanks much. mergers make the mood. the president makes his pitch. the clearest sign yet the economy is improving. maybe. your "first look" at this morning's business headlines straight ahead. packers return home to a hero's welcome. freefall continues for the cavs and carmelo scores 50. was it enough? [ female announcer ] splenda® no calorie sweetener is sweet...
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welcome back to "first look". i'm lynn berry. authorities in mexico say at least two of three teenage boys shot to death in the border city of juarez over the weekend were u.s. citizens and high school students in texas. the boys were killed while looking at cars at a dealership. the astronaut husband of arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords is back at the nasa space center in houston. training for his upcoming shuttle mission in april. mark kelly had been on personal leave since january 8th to care for his wife who was critically wounded in the tucson shootings. russian scientists are warning that a giant asteroid the size of two football fields is on track to strike our planet on april 13, 2036. however, nasa scientists disagree with the russian's doomsday scenario saying the odds are one if 250,000.
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an english woman has been dubbed the handbag heroine. more impressive, the woman whose identity is not known appears to be in her 70s. now here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12161 after gaining 69 yesterday. the s&p inched up eight points. nasdaq rose 14. taking a look at overseas trading, in tokyo the nikkei added 43 point but in hong kong the hang seng dipped 69 points. investigators rallied around we will kol signs of corporate confidence in the economy monday. newspaper stock shot up on news of aol's plan to acquire online news site huffington post. london-based rig operate said it would shell out more than $7 billion for oil driller pride international. meanwhile, credit card spending was up for the third straight month in december, a sign main
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street is gaining confidence in the economy. on the earnings front, loews shot up 4% thanks to an impressive quarter at its cna financial insurance holding. hasbro moved higher monday despite disappointing earnings that narrowly beat estimates. overseas this morning, toyota reported a 39% drop in quarterly profit. in washington today the government will release the find gdz of its investigation into toyota's massive recall of more than 11 million recalls due to sticky accelerator pedals. president obama spoke to members of the chamber of commerce yesterday. as of his push to jump start job creation. obama add knowledged tight corporate budgets but urges businesses appealing to their sense of patriotism to, quote, invest in america. today european rocket builder will unveil plans for a lesser expensive version of
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nasa's arie 16789 rocket. and finally, who needs economic data when you have this sure sign the economy's on the mend. the number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed last year, 13.1 million s up 5% over 200. president obama's remarks at the chamber of commerce got a lot of attention yesterday. in light of the group's opposition to the president's economic policies, last night on "the last word with lawrence o'donnell" lawrence asked howard dean if during that speech the president missed a chance to make his case for not further extending tax cuts for the wealthy. >> i think that was a mistake on the president's part. the president, in my view, got a lot of kudos for mentioning the fact that he wasn't going to extend the bush tax cuts again in the state of the union. he did not do that here. this was a little tell them what
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they want to hear and leave the other stuff out. that was a mistake. the business community has, in the past, been socially much more responsible than they are now. i totally agree with this inequality stuff. it's not a left-right issue. the fact of the matter is, when social inequality and wage inequality get too large, you have social instability. we are at a position now where we're in trouble in this country. i wouldn't say we could be egypt next week, but people really are disillusioned by corporate, the government, they don't trust institutions too much and i think the president missed a chance to say that in front of the chamber. he would have gotten a the lot of credit from the american people if he had. >> lean forward as host lawrence o'donnell takes on the day's most compelling stories. the last word with lawrence o'donnell" airs weeknights at 8 p.m. on msnbc. coming up, carmelo grounds the rockets.
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green bay greets their champions. and cleveland sets a record nobody wants to hold. plus, things get physical between the lakers and grizzlies. your first look at sports is straight ahead. ♪ you don't know
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>> an 82 game season can wear any team down. after two emotional games, the celtics ran out of gas in charlot charlotte. taking on bobcats, back and forth until the final minute. henderson up and under with a reverse. charlotte up 84-81. that ra with a three-pointer. the celts played 44 minute but an nba game is 48 and bobcats won it. lakers had to get past the grizzly. odom in for the dunk. l.a. up five at the half. to the third, gasol and artest tangle up. artest with a bloody nose but stayed in the game. drilled a three-pointer down the stretch. bring on the celts, lakers won it 93-84. another game and loss for cavs. this time the mavericks got the free wind. kidd to chandler for the alley-oop. nowitzki isn't always pretty but effective. cavs had a chance. they were down three. anthony parker missed the three.
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cavs got the rebound and kicked it back out but another got another shot off. cleveland dropped an nba record straight. hair raising experience between nuggets and rockets. anthony a one-man wrecking crew tied his career high with 50. martin scored 18 in the third and finished with 37. rockets won it 108-103. packers return to a hero's welcome. thousands lined the streets of green bay to welcome the super bowl champs. every school in the city closed early so the kids could join festivities. that's your first look at sports. i'm fred roggin. now for another quick look at the weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather forecast. >> good morning, lynn. the big message to nrch out there if you're watching us in new england, what you see this morning is not what you're going to get this afternoon. we have some areas of rain, snow, but temperature had come crashing down. it's 40 in new york. 40 in philadelphia. it's not cold. the colder air, cooler in boston
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but the really cold stuff is moving through michigan, ohio, indiana and that's going to head our way this afternoon. it will be windy on top of that. the windchill will make you feel even worse. if you're leaving the house right now, anywhere in new jersey, bring the umbrella. rain moving through. philadelphia you are now dry so that will be in new york city in the next 15 minutes and through long island in the next half hour. new england, light snow for the most part. a we're calling for maybe 1 or 2 inches that's about it with this storm. as the storm goes through, look at the high today in buffalo, 13. pittsburgh, 20. that cold air will be blowing in everywhere as we go throughout your afternoon. a look at tomorrow, wednesday's a day we're back in the freezer. high temperatures in the 20s. not even getting above freezing. it's a short arctic outbreak that will last wednesday through thursday and then warm up towards next weekend. the big story today, travel
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welcome back to "first look". last night on "late nim with jimmy fallon" and he offered a possible explanation for the slipup on the national stage. >> the black-eyed peas changed the lyrics to call on obama to do better in education and jobs.
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yeah. and christina aguilera changed the lyrics of the national anthem just because. the cavaliers broke an nba record on saturday by losing their 24th straight game. that's not good. in fact, the scoreboard at the arena, two teams are listed as home and winners. that's not a good sign. during his interview with president obama last night, bill oe rely asked him to explain how he deals with so many people hating him. in response obama was like, you first. >> and tonight jimmy welcomes kevin kneelen, musical guests little big town. that's "late night with jimmy fallon" weeknight at 12:35/11:35 central time on your local no. station. it's time for your first look at entertainment news. facebook founder mark zuckerberg has a problem. a facebook stalker. he obtained a restraining order against a 31-year-old man who's
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tried to follow and contact him using threatening language against zuckerberg, his girlfriend and his sister. tmz reports the man also sent letters and tried contacting zuckerberg at several face book offices seeking money for his financially strapped family. the new york post reports christina aguilera may have bigger problems than national anthem lyrics. sources say she's been acting erratically since ther divorce and after her film "burlesque" bombed. when staffers wanted her to get help after she passed out drink, she threatened to fire the entire staff. academy award hype hit full gear as nominees gathered in beverly hills for the oscar luncheon. nicole kidman told reporters she's letting her 2-year-old daughter help pick what dress she'll wear oscar night. fingers crossed, saying, i could be wearing a tuitu'u.
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which i think has happened at the oscars. am i wrong? am i wrong? >> the lady that wore like the swan coming out -- bjork. >> good one. pop culture man. zuckerberg, not so friendly there? >> you think -- maybe i should teach him how to unfriend someone. >> block them, that's the whole idea, right? i'm lynn berry. stay tuned "way too early with willie geist starts right now. obama starts with hi welcome with a standing ovation at the chamber of commerce. the question is, why did bill o'reilly call him thin-skinned? what say you? meanwhile, former defense secretary donald rumsfeld gives his first interview since leaving the bush administration. what's he saying today all these days later about the lack of wmds in iraq? interesting answer. and super bowl mvp aaron rodgers hits up


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